The Floating World: a novel / C. Morgan Babst
When a fragile young woman refuses to leave New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, her parents are forced to go without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and their daughter catatonic, the victim or perpetrator of some unknown violent act.
Seven Days of us / Francesca Hornak
The Birch family will be spending the Christmas holiday in quarantine, thanks to eldest daughter Olivia’s recent relief work in a disease-infested Liberia. She has returned to England but must be in quarantine for seven days. This family has not ever spent this much time in each other’s company. Each person has secrets that are slowly revealed over the course of the seven days. It is particularly interesting to watch them become the family they should have been all along: supportive and loving.
The Story of Arthur Truluv : a novel / Elizabeth Berg
Arthur meets Maddy when he’s visiting his dead wife in the cemetery; he eats lunch there every day. Maddy is a high school senior who’s got a hopeless crush on a jerk. Warm-hearted Arthur reaches out to Maddy in a totally open way, as her parents seem uninvolved at best. The Story of Arthur Truluv is one of those rare coming-of-age novels that is just as much about the end of life as it is about growing up.
Mrs. Osmond / John Banville
From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea, a dazzling and audacious new novel that extends the story of Isabel Archer, the heroine of Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady, into unexpected territory.
Bonfire : a novel / Krysten Ritter
Successful environmental lawyer Abby Williams is forced to confront her small-town past while investigating a high-profile corruption case back home.
The Ninth Hour / Alice McDermott
A portrait of the Irish-American experience is presented through the story of an Irish immigrant’s suicide and how it reverberates through innumerable lives in early twentieth-century Catholic Brooklyn.
The Ocean in my Ears / Meagan Macvie
In small-town Alaska in the 1990s, high school senior Meri’s determination to escape for a more exciting place wanes as she struggles with family, grief, friends, and hormones.
All the Crooked Saints / Maggie Stiefvater
In Colorado in 1962 the three teenage Soria cousins run an unlicensed radio station from a beat-up box truck converted into a transmitter; Beatriz is the thinker and technician, Joaquin, the youngest, is the disc jockey, and Daniel is called the Saint of Bicho Raro because he can perform miracles (just not for himself). Then one night Pete Wyatt and Tony DiRisio drive into town in search of a miracle.
The Rules of Magic / Alice Hoffman
Traces the story of Susanna Owens’ children, who have powerful magical abilities, as they uncover secrets about a family curse while visiting their Aunt Isabelle and struggle to escape it before they fall in love and tragedy strikes.
Reading with Patrick : a teacher, a student, and a life-changing friendship / Michelle Kuo
A former alternative school teacher and Harvard Law School fellow shares the story of her work with a gifted student who was imprisoned for murder in the Mississippi Delta and whose education she continued through classic works of literature.